Where's the joy in modular synthesis if you can't perform surgical operations on living, screaming electrical signals?
Vivisect is a deceptively simple module designed to attenuate, invert and sum four inputs to two outputs. Each input has its own output, and all channels are DC coupled.
An additional circuit gives you a separate offset between +/-5V from a precision DC reference. This offset can be switched in and out of the mix as required using the offset push-button. The mix output has a second output that is an inverted copy of itself. All outputs are independently operable.
Last but not least, a white noise generator completely separate from the mixer circuit gives you about 10V of white noise to calm your nerves, confuse your pet or make hi-hats with.
As an added bonus, jumpers on the back of the module allow you to normalize Input 1 to any or all of the other three inputs. Using this, you can self-patch the module to create e.g. 4 channels of noise or offset.
Whether you're new to voltage surgery or a professional patcher, the Vivisect module is designed to be anaesthesia-free fun for the whole family!
Now available as a free download: Andreas Krebs, Das große Buch zum Doepfer A-100 Modulsynthesizer
The book: All current A-100 modules are described systematically and in detail. In addition, many unusual patches "from the bag of tricks" are presented (illustrated in colour throughout). Sound generators - filters - unusual sound benders - modulators - everything for amplifying, mixing and splitting sounds - manipulating triggers - cabinets. Especially for beginners: basics of modular systems, connections, overview of all filters and their differences, how to turn a low-pass filter into a high-pass filter, example systems for different purposes, etc. Especially for advanced module users: Unusual modules and their possibilities - e.g. how a flexible waveshaper can be built from a max/min module, how a comparator transforms oscillations, what a polariser has in common with a ring modulator or why an oscillator can also simply sing along with you.
The author: Andreas Krebs has been working with analogue (and other) synthesizers for about 30 years. After graduating in psychology, he has been working in the IT field for many years. Andreas composes and improvises strange music.
Our opinion: The book describes all modules very competently and in detail (as of 2011) and was designed by the author with a lot of devotion to detail. Highly recommended !
The book is out of print, but the author kindly offers it for free download:
Today Animal Factory Amplification will share a video demo of the upcoming Orobas module!
It would be wrong to typecast the Orobas as just another VCA. It makes use of the characteristics of 1950s-era 6SJ7 vacuum tube to distort, wave shape, duck, expand, saturate and completely dismember the soul of the incoming signal.
The Orobas took inspiration from the fantastic body of work laid down by Eric Barbour of Metasonix.
The decision has been made. The new date for the Safety First Edition of SUPERBOOTH21 is set for this summer, from September 15 to 18, 2021.
HerrSchneider: 'Even the greatest optimists must slowly acknowledge that the world will not be ready for larger, international gatherings in nine weeks now. That's why we've decided to move SUPERBOOTH21 to September.'
But if in the summer, then with really much outside! The organizers of the trade fair do not want to miss out on the opportunities offered by moving the event to the warm season. Thus, additional places in the outdoor area of the FEZ Berlin were included in the planning of the event.
At the new locations, Fuchsbau, Hüttendorf and the small forest behind the seaside stage, there will be outdoor exhibitors for the first time. All stations are connected by short walks and each offer a varied program of concerts and presentations on smaller stages, so that you don't have to miss the usual SUPERBOOTH festival feeling.
The open-air concept is intended to harmonize the usual relaxed atmosphere with the necessary safety measures in terms of distance and fresh air. For this purpose, half of the event space will be relocated to the spacious outdoor area. The exhibition areas inside the building will be reduced and thinned out in order to maintain the spatial distance between the participants and to avoid clusters of guests. Like the exhibition space, the guests will also be divided: For four hours each, in two groups of 500 people. This results in a moderate flow of visitors, who can experience the usual diverse selection of exhibitors in the reduced indoor area and then spend the rest of the day in the outdoor area, alternating with the second group.
In total, there are already several dozen confirmations from exhibitors who want to make their way to Berlin in September. Due to expected travel restrictions and existing planning obstacles, larger manufacturing teams directly postponed their participation to 2022. Likewise, it will not be possible for many overseas exhibitors to come to Berlin as early as the end of the summer. These will be offered alternative options for digital participation in the "Safety First Edition".
Ticket pre-sales will not start before May, as the current development of the health situation will of course continue to be monitored. The actual realization of the event is directly linked to the start of ticket sales in order to avoid costly refund processes.
SOOPERgrail The first edition of the new fair for the celebration of the art of guitar building will take place next year. Then numerous exhibitors will present instruments from the acoustic and electric range, for testing, experiencing and discussing. The focus will be on the practical use of the presented instruments, the communicative get-together and the inspiring exchange between users and passionate manufacturers.
sooperRADIO The first radio show of the Superbooth team from Feb. 11 is archived for listening on the new homepage sooperRADIO.com. Studio guest Thomas Kircher - from SchneidersLaden - explains how to work with a modular synthesizer and Sacha Ketterlin answers questions about his production techniques. Andreas Schneider talks about his motivation to host SUPEBROOBTH21 and SOOPERgrail.